house of correction


noun

a place for the confinement and reform of persons convicted of minor offenses and not regarded as confirmed criminals.

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Origin of house of correction

First recorded in 1625–35
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British Dictionary definitions for house of correction

house of correction

noun

(formerly) a place of confinement for persons convicted of minor offences
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